NEARLY two-thirds of the city’s 9,053 frontline health workers have already received their first COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Rowena Galpo, head of the City Health Services Office, said on Tuesday.
6,020 health workers have received their first dose of the two-dose vaccine, representing 66.5 percent of the top priority population of the city.
The remaining 3,045 health workers who come from private clinics, diagnostic centers, and barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) are set to receive their first jabs in the coming days.
As of March 21, Sunday, 93 percent of the city’s Sinovac doses at 4,101 doses in total have been used, while only 38.9 percent of the city’s AstraZeneca vaccines have been used at 1,919 of 4,930 doses available.
With a population of some 378,000 people, Baguio City’s eligible 18-year-old and above population, who can safely receive the vaccines number 238,494 or 63 percent of the total population.
According to Galpo, the plan is to reach and vaccinate 80 percent of the eligible population in the city to ensure herd immunity, totaling 190,796 individuals that each need two jabs or 381,592 doses in total.